Almunia sits out Belgrade battle

27 September 2010 11:09
Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia has been ruled out of Tuesday night's Champions League clash at Partizan Belgrade with an elbow injury.[LNB] The north London club confirmed on their website on Monday morning that Lukasz Fabianski will take over between the posts with Almunia having hurt his elbow when he gave away a penalty in Saturday's 3-2 Premier League home defeat to West Brom.[LNB]"We have Manual Almunia out," said manager Arsene Wenger. "He has a problem with his elbow. He caught it when he made the penalty on Saturday."[LNB]The Frenchman insisted he had no plans to drop Almunia had it not been for the injury.[LNB]"[The goalkeeper] is always the easy target, the easy scapegoat," he said. "But we win together and we lose together even if people think he made a mistake on the second goal."[LNB]Wenger will decide during training whether full-back Kieran Gibbs can board the plane for Serbia as he continues his recovery from the badly bruised foot he suffered in the Carling Cup win at Tottenham last Tuesday.[LNB]"Kieran Gibbs has a test in training today," Wenger added.

Source: Team_Talk